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Infantile spasms (West syndrome) are muscle spasms that affect a
child's head, torso, and limbs. Infantile spasms usually begin before the age
of 6 months.
Infantile spasms are treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone (Acthar)
or prednisone. They generally do not respond well to medicines used to treat
epilepsy. Vigabatrin (Sabril) may also be an effective
treatment for infantile spasms especially when they are caused by a disease
called tuberous sclerosis.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofJune 2, 2016
Current as of:
June 2, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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